September 17, 2017

I Also Send You – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:00 am by sranderson0103

By Don R. Patton

“So when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ And when He had said this, He showed them both His hands and His side. The disciples then rejoiced when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.’” (John 20:19-21)

The apostles had been closely associated with Jesus throughout the years of His teaching. They heard what He taught and eventually came to understand much of it. They participated in His work of teaching and trying to influence their Jewish brethren to follow God’s will in their lives. “[T]hey left everything and followed Him,” (Luke 5:11).

They had witnessed all kinds of reactions; ridicule, elaborate determined attempts to refute and undermine His work by the most influential among the Jews, as well as acceptance and adoration. They had seen a close trusted friend overcome by greed and betray Jesus into the hands of murders. They watched the dominating Roman army arrest Him. They were terrified and fled. They saw Him delivered to a spineless leader who yielded to the hatred and envy of their hypocritical religious leaders. They saw His agony, His horrible death and with it they saw the defeat of all their efforts, the end of their goals, the excitement and glory long anticipated.

Days later, most of them had come together “because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders.” (John 20:19 NET). They weren’t just disheartened; they had good reason to think they would die. The ones who killed Jesus would likely try to stamp out His following.

I doubt that we can realistically imagine what went on in their disillusioned, fear filled minds when “Jesus came and stood in their midst…an showed them both His hands and His side…” (John 20:19). Scripture often expresses the most overwhelming ideas with stunning understatement. “The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord,” (John 20:20).

Now, the effectiveness of His message became absolute. His claim to be the Son of God is true. He has the authority to comfort, reassure and redirect, absolutely. Now, we can appreciate the power of the force behind His words, “as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”

Satan had done his worst and failed. Yes, he will come after you, but, “so what?” His best efforts are pitiful, compared to God’s overpowering providence now, and certainly in light of eternity. “The worst thing Satan ever did is the best thing that ever happened to us.”

You know better than to be afraid. You know that I know what I’m talking about. My peace and my Holy Spirit will guide you with infinite wisdom, assuring your ultimate victory.

“So Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.’ 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “’Receive the Holy Spirit,’” (John 20:21-22).

The one proved to be God’s son said to His apostles, “I also send you.” Then, guided by the Holy Spirit, they also have sent us.

“The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” (II Timothy 2:2)

Hardship, persecution? Sure. But, following the example of the one who endured much more and was triumphant, realize you also have been sent on a divine mission. Just like Jesus and those He sent, we also expect persecution, peace, power, and victory.

Adapted from an article by John Morris

 

 

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